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The paperback of the Sunday Times bestseller: Oliver James tours the minds of the middle classes, in search of an anwer to the question: is it possible to be successful and stay sane

There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading. Cities he visited include Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Shanghai, and in each place he interviewed several groups of people in the hope of finding out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase the strength of one's emotional immune system. He asks: why do so many more people want what they haven't got and want to be someone they're not, despite being richer and freer from traditional restraints? And, in so doing, uncovers the answer to how to reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what you've already got. In other words, how to be successful and stay sane.

Reviews

Oliver James is excellent at showing why social scientists think that the surge in material affluence can produce the opposite of happiness.

Avner Offer, Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford

Should be mandatory reading for everyone

Will Self

Never before have I read a book that so precisely captures the way we are all being emotionally snookered by the demands of 21st-century living... read this book

Jeremy Vine

A wonderfully clear and cogent thesis

Guardian

An absorbing and effective wake-up call

London Lite

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091900113

    March 1, 2008

    Vermilion

    592 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781846572036

    August 15, 2009

    Audiobooks

    RRP $49.99

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